A Series for Catalysts
Begin or expand your allyship journey thorugh our four-part seriesSelect a session below for more information
Intro to Allyship
July 30, 2020
Allyship in Leadership & Teams
August 13, 2020
Allyship inHiring & the Job Search
August 27, 2020
Mental Health & Self Care
September 10, 2020
How can you take action and
become an ally in your community?
Catalysts share their personal experiences with allyship to help you get involved.
In the midst of a global pandemic, the U.S. is also facing one of the largest demonstrations demanding social and civil rights reform to date. These moments are calling for courageous action. But how do you transform moments into meaningful, lasting change? How do you transform moments into a movement? And how can individuals take action through allyship to forward these movements in our communities? Join InHerShoes as we explore these questions through the lens of Catalysts sharing their own personal experiences with allyship.
An InHerShoes Series
Session 1: Intro to Allyship
Catalyzing Takeaways ICYMI
"You have to have the courage to speak up, you have to have courage to, even when it's uncomfortable - when no one else will do it...not because you can, maybe because you have to, but definitely because you need to."
Look around and actively listen before you take action.
ASK: What is the appropriate support I can provide?
Self-Awareness is critical! Be open to the discomfort of acknowledging your biases.
Focus on the why, not just the what.
Shift from "What does your community need?" to "why is this important for your community?"
Lean into people's stories and make room for marginalized voices.
Speak with instead of speaking for the community you're trying to ally.
Move beyond a declaration of allyship
Social media is great for amplifying stories, sharing resources, and digital allyship - but what is the next step? ASK: How can I use my privilege to enact change?
Practice self-care - it's the foundation for sustainable activism.
Take the time to care for yourself and to understand the work that you're doing.
Early education around topics like race & structural inequalities is so important.
Kids are capable catalysts, too. Trust that they can being grappling with these topics and help guide them.
Session 2: Allyship in Leadership & Teams
"One of the fallacies of leadership is just that being a good leader is getting a lot of stuff done. My brand of leadership & allyship came about because I realized that there's just no way in the world that we can get everything done ourselves."
Create an environment that welcomes diverse voices - where folks can courageously challenge the norm.
Allyship is truly about how well you're connected to one another - understand that we do better together.
Stand in humility as a leader - before you try to transform the world, consider your own self-transformation.
Leadership looks like understanding that every team member is a unique & valued piece of a larger puzzle.
Tap into and foster your team members' super powers.
The art of listening is so valuable, especially in our shift from IRL to URL.
Consistency is key when it comes to allyship - you have to commit to showing up every single day.
Identify key people who can advocate for you and champion you early on in your career.
Shared values & a strong vision make for a great foundation, and intentionally seeking & honoring diverse & underrepresented voices will only strengthen your team.
Leadership is about living your truth and living authentically.
The word "leader" carries gravitas - sometimes you're running towards being a leader, other times you're running away from it.
Session 3: Allyship in Hiring & the Job Search
In part three of our Catalyze Allyship series our panelists will deconstruct job hiring practices for employers and candidates. This is an opportunity to utilize the tools of allyship learned in our last sessions to cultivate a discussion around conscious job hiring practices to reduce inefficiencies and further create inclusive working environments to uphold diversity, equity and inclusion. We are bringing both sides to the virtual conversation to promote the following
Catalyzing Takeaways You'll Walk Away With:
Meet the Speakers
Sage Quiamno is recreating seats of power for and by womxn of color so that our workforce reflects what womxn of color bring to the table: resilience, ROI, and liberation.
Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and changemaker. As co-founder of Future For Us, a platform dedicated to advancing of womxn of color through community, culture, and career development, Sage has galvanized a nationwide movement to build a future of work reaching new levels of growth through diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Starting her career in pay equity, she provided 4,000+ women with the tools and resources they need to advocate for themselves at work and, as a result, negotiate $500K in salary increases and secure 150 promotions. Sage is an amplifier, advocating for womxn of color at work in top publications and organizations - from Forbes, Fast Company, Entrepreneur and Geekwire to SXSW, the Women’s March, Microsoft, Starbucks, and more.
Sage has gathered a groundswell of support and recognition - a clear signal that our cities, companies, and economy are ready and already fighting for equity at work. Recent accolades include Rising Star Awards from Seattle’s National Organization for Women and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, KUOW Radio’s Boss Tactician Award, University of Washington’s Community Leadership Award, and a nomination for Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2020. She was recognized as one of Seattle's Most Influential People of 2019 by Seattle Magazine.
Sage is a native Hawaiian who looks at systems, processes, and people with an indigenous lens to leave a better world for generations to come. Her story - your story - our story - continues. Follow her work on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Medium.
Learn more about Sage here.
Christan Narvaez is a vastly experienced Human Resources Leader with a diverse industry profile. He's worked for well known corporations and non-profit business always building & expanding upon the way an organization views the use of HR Services. His expertise in Human Resources subject matter spans across a range of specialties such Employee Relations, Recruitment, and Leadership Development. He's an efficient Project Manager and key contributor to maintaining best practices and change management within an organization.
Learn more about Christan here.
Kent Hill has traveled a long way from his hometown of Americus, Georgia, with many varied experiences along the way. His first stop after leaving Americus was to attend Georgia Tech on a football scholarship. A proud graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Management, Kent was named to Georgia Tech’s All-Time Football Team in 1992 and inducted into the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame in 2006.
Moving on to Los Angeles, as a first round draft choice for the Los Angeles Rams in 1979, Kent earned all-rookie honors and was the Rams’ Rookie of the Year. An All-NFL, All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl performer, Kent’s stellar NFL career spanned nine years and he has been named to the Rams’ All-Time Team. One of Kent’s proudest moments was his induction into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, class of 2001.
Kent has always been interested in empowering youth and, starting in his hometown, he founded the Kent Hill Youth Development program during his professional football career that served the Americus community for many years. He has served on several boards over the years for organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, NFLPA Scholarship Fund, Christmas in July and various school related boards.
After professional football, Kent’s career took him back to Georgia Tech as the Assistant Athletics Director for Student Athlete Development where he started the Georgia Tech Letterwinner’s Club to support and maintain connection for former student-athletes of all varsity sports. Having grown up in a home where his father was a successful business owner, Kent developed an entrepreneurial spirit that lead him to become a multi-franchisee of Subway Sandwich Shops and to found Kent’s Country Cookies, a very successful all-natural gourmet cookie company.
Since 1998, Kent has been affiliated with The Pacific Institute, consulting and facilitating with organizational leaders, in many varied industries, sharing the concepts of applied cognitive psychology and principles of effective leadership to improve organizational performance. He draws on his extensive background and experiences in high level athletic competition and developing and running successful businesses to provide a wealth of real-world examples that make the material relevant for clients.
Kent and his wife, Camilla, have three grown children.
Session 4: Allyship in Mental Health &
Liz Kleinrock is an anti-bias and anti-racist educator of both children and adults, and creates curriculum for K-12 students, specializing in designing inquiry based units of study. She began her career in education as an AmeriCorps volunteer teacher in Oakland, California in 2009 and has since served as both a classroom educator and diversity coordinator in Los Angeles, California.
Liz also works with schools and districts throughout the United States to develop workshops for adults that support ABAR practices that fit the needs of different communities. In 2018, Liz received the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching, and her lessons on teaching consent and personal boundaries to students have gained international media attention.
Liz has written articles for numerous publications on topics such as anti-racist teaching and cultivating relationships with students and families. Liz is proud to share her 2019 TED Talk, “How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics” on building foundations of ABAR with young learners, and is working on her first book with Heinemann Publishing.
Learn more about Liz Kleinrock here.
Leroy Mitchell has extensive experience in working with traditionally marginalized communities--in particular young men of color--with education, career, and identity development. Leveraging his work as a college counselor, and personal experiences as a former college athlete, Leroy builds community where people may develop healthy ideals of self and masculinity to manifest their full selves and lead healthy lives.
Learn more about LeroyMitchell here.
Aimee Barr, LCSW is a psychotherapist with private practices in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Union Square, Manhattan. Her practice specializes in supporting adults navigate their toughest life transitions such as career changes, divorces and break-ups. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and a Post-Masters Certificate from The National Institute of the Psychotherapies (NIP).
She has spent many years as a sexual assault response team volunteer and is currently a board member of ARISE foundation, which is a charity based in New York City and London. It is founded on the belief that more should be done to support grass-roots anti-slavery networks.
When she is not seeing clients, she loves studying astrology and is committed to employing mindfulness and self-acceptance in her own everyday life. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, Well + Good, Greatist, Monster and is a frequent lecturer at Fordham University.
Learn more about Aimee Barr here.
Kristin Tappan is a counselor working towards licensure (for Marriage and Family Therapy). When she wrapped up graduate school at Santa Clara University with a degree in Counseling Psychology, she realized how many hours she needed to have with children and figured that the best place to do that would be at her alma mater (an all girls high school in the Los Angeles area). With her long term goal being private practice, she still sees clients outside of the school setting. Whether it is working with individuals, couples, families or groups, Kristin does not shy away from tackling the taboo topics - from grief, loss & trauma to sex to anxiety, there is nothing that is off limits. Part of why Kristin wanted to go back to her high school to serve as a counselor is because she wanted to work with marginalized groups of young women and remove the stigma often associated with therapy. If young women could see a woman of color like Kristin thriving with therapy contributing to that success, they would be more open to the idea. Kristin wants young women and all people, for that matter, to be able to do a deep dive into self-exploration unapologetically.
She dives into this along with all things lifestyle oriented on her blog. She realized that there were not enough people who looked like her with a prominent voice online and she wanted to change that, so she did.
Kristin loves working with people to unearth what really makes them tick, helping them figure out how to set clear and healthy boundaries, and improving the way people communicate with one another.
Learn more about Kristin Tappan here.
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